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Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls For More Aid For Earthquake Survivors

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the authorities to provide more aid for the survivors of a devastating earthquake that hit the country’s west more than a week ago. Khamenei spoke on November 20 during a visit to Kermanshah Province, which was hit hard by the 7.3-magnitude …

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About 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are at risk of hunger

By Daniel Wesangula NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is making drought and humanitarian disasters worse in the Horn of Africa, Oxfam said on Thursday, ahead of a major climate march in Washington to coincide with the first 100 days of the Trump administration. About 12 million people in Ethiopia, …

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Iranian TV Personality Who Promoted Compulsory Islamic Dress Under Fire Over Photos

A well-known Iranian television personality has been accused of hypocrisy after images of her in which she is not adhering to the country's Islamic dress code surfaced online. Presenter turned actress Azadeh Namdari has for years promoted compliance with the hijab, which in Iran refers to Islamic dress that covers …

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Four men jailed for trafficking Polish workers to Britain

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A British court jailed four men on Tuesday for their involvement in trafficking Polish workers into the UK, tricking them into low-paid jobs and taking their wages, prosecutors said. The four men, Sabastian Mandzik, 40, Robert Majewski, 45, Pawel Majewski, 27, and …

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India loom workers suffer hearing loss

By Roli Srivastava SURAT, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Udhiya Behera sat in a windowless room in the Indian textile hub of Surat, staring blankly at a small television as the ground shook with the noise of power looms on the floor below. For Behera, though, this was a moment …

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India’s proposed surrogacy law raises trafficking risks

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's proposed law to regulate its booming surrogacy industry and curb the exploitation of impoverished Indian women could result in more foreign women being trafficked into the country to rent out their wombs, a leading expert warned on Tuesday. Prime Minister …

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Refugees Return Home To Find Squalid Conditions

Standing in a battered tent flanked by mud and human waste, Sahibuddin Khan and his family of five are among the thousands of returning Afghan refugees seeking food and shelter in crowded, ramshackle camps that have sprung up on the outskirts of Kabul. An unprecedented number of Afghans are flooding …

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Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war

By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) - Before Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could …

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Just How Powerful Is The President Of The United States?

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In the Quest for Climate Justice, Who’s Left Out?

When we talk about climate justice, the first thing that comes to mind is the plight of small island states, which contribute little to global warming but suffer its worst impacts. Or perhaps we think of climate-vulnerable countries like Pakistan, where millions are at risk of displacement due to severe …

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